India: 118/10 (20 overs) (Jadav 27, Pandya 25; Behrendorff 4/21, Zampa 2/19)
Australia: 122/2 (15.3 overs) (Henriques 62*, Head 48*; Bhuveneshwar 1/9)
Result: Australia win by 8 wickets
Man of the match: Jason Behrendorff
His debut match was just three days ago. Playing in only his 2nd International T-20 match, Jason Behrendorff showed exactly what he is made of with a fabulous spell which saw him rip through the Indian batting line up. The young pacer from Perth picked up 4 wickets in a match winning performance and helped Australia come back into the T-20 series. Aussie skipper David Warner opted to bowl after winning the toss & his bowlers wasted absolutely no time in proving him right. Despite being his for two boundaries in his first three deliveries, Behrendorff took out Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli in that very over. Kohli, inconsistent throughout the series, was out for a golden duck, something that’s very very rare nowadays. It was Behrendorff once again who picked up Manish Pandey in his second over.
Seeing the tall young pacer absolutely flying, Warner opted for a third straight over & how it bore fruit for him. The pacer was on hand to pick up his fourth when Dhawan skied one & Warner grabbed a ripper. However, Dhoni & Jadhav put up a partnership before the former was stumped off a Adam Zampa delivery. India kept on losing wickets in regular inrervals before being all out for a mere 118. With a relatively miniature target of 119, Australian openers were perhaps too comfortable with both falling within the first power play. With India hoping of a memorable win, Moises Henriques & Travis Head put up a brilliant partnership of 103, taking their side home with 27 balls to spare. For his figures of 4/21, Behrendorff was awarded the man of the match. The penultimate match will take place this Friday at Hyderabad.